One Body & One Spirit

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When are applications due for the next round of grants?

A new round of grants is now being considered for awards in June following the recent May 1 application deadline.

November 1 is the deadline for the next grant cycle, to be awarded in December by the Corporation of the Diocese.

May 17, 2024

This Pentecost, wear red, give to the diocesan appeal, and worship with the Holy Spirit congregation

My siblings in Christ, this is Bishop John Taylor, sending you greetings and blessings from the second-floor room in St. Paul’s Commons, named for civil rights martyr Jonathan Daniels. On a clear day or night, from this lovely spot overlooking Echo Park Lake, you can see all the way to the Hollywood sign. It’s also a place for worshiping and celebrating our God in Christ.

In the Diocese of Los Angeles, we have several Saint Thomases, we have a goodly number of All Saintses and Todos Los Santoses; we even have plenty of St. John’ses. But as we prepare for the Day of Pentecost, I’m here to remind you that we have only one worshiping congregation called Holy Spirit – the emergent community devoted to worship, fellowship, and service that began 21 years ago as a Lenten Bible study in the home of Canon Randy Kimmler.

Now that Holy Spirit meets down by the lakeside – every Thursday evening starting at seven for fellowship, Holy Eucharist, supper, and dessert; it’s all included – now that Holy Spirit is with us in Echo Park, it doesn’t have any capital costs to speak of. But even Holy Spirit is entitled to apply for a program or ministry grant from the One Body & One Spirit Annual Appeal in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

Beginning as an emergency appeal during COVID, now it’s a permanent fixture in our diocese, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in grants to diocesan institutions for repairs, existing programs, or new ministries. It’s not just for emergencies anymore.

Every dollar we raise in the appeal goes right back out the door in the form of a grant. Most Fridays, we send you a news article about the work that supporters of the annual appeal, such as you, are accomplishing all over our far-flung diocese.

None of it is possible without your generosity, and I particularly offer thanks today to our repeat givers. We need your donations; we need your applications for grants; and, if you’re in leadership at one of our institutions, we need your help to spread the word either by forwarding this email or video to your congregational list or to a few friends.

You can make a gift and find out about how to apply for a grant by going to diocesela.org and click on top of the homepage.

The Holy Spirit has told Kathy and me that it’s time for us to make another gift to the Appeal, so please join us today. I’ll be using ApplePay, which makes it especially easy!

A joyous Pentecost Day to you and yours – and don’t forget to wear red!

A new round of grants is now being considered for awards in June following the recent May 1 application deadline. November 1 is the deadline for the next grant cycle, to be awarded in December by the Corporation of the Diocese. An information and application packet may be downloaded at the link above.

Please join the 252 donors who, to date, have raised $351,217 in 449 gifts to the 2022-24 One Body & One Spirit Annual Appeal, through which the Corporation of the Diocese makes grants to congregations and institutions seeking to meet unbudgeted expenses – from repairing a roof to sheltering unhoused neighbors – or any aspect of the corporate life of your church or institution. Click the links above to make a gift or download a grant application packet.

To all donors, thank you! And to all who are considering a gift, please follow the link to contribute today.

Please join in giving generously to the

One Body & One Spirit Annual Appeal.

Our mailing address for checks made payable to
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is:

Bishop John Harvey Taylor c/o the Rev. Susan Stanton, CFO
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
St. Paul’s Commons
840 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026